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Chinasat-1C launched from Xichang Satellite Launch Center reached GTO

According to Xinhuanet.com, China launched yesterday, at 16:46 UTC, next communication satellite. Famous phrase uttered by Nikita Khrushchev on rockets extruding from factories like sausages had not became reality in USSR. But it seems that with minor changes became reality in China. Shortly after launching Yaogan-29 (You can read post here), China again is launching spacecraft with…
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Akatsuki success confirmed !

JAXA officially confirmed injecting Akatsuki into designated Venus' orbit. After injecting Akatsuki on 7 December 2015 JAXA wait to gather data from spacecraft sensors to confirm if injecting was fully correct. Now we know for sure - Akatsuki became operational Venus probe on elliptical orbit with following parameters: apoapsis altitude of 440,000 km, periapsis altitude of about 400 km, orbit…
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Secret success – Boeing X37

Boeing X37 remains most successful space plane in last decade. Due its designation as military technology demonstrator it is not well known construction. Since 2010 X37, unmanned military test space plane is performing test missions in space. Its success is not well known, but is undisputable. In all test missions two operational X37B spent 1367 days…
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Kanopus-ST (Kosmos-2511) lost contact with ground control

It seems that announced success of launching Kanopus-ST military satellite seemed to be premature.  Mission of Kanopus-ST was started at 5 December 2015 (post about launch is here) and seemed that will be success. Unfortunately Kosmos-2511 lost contact with ground control and it seemed that became space debris. It was announced that satellite failed to separate…
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Akatsuki successfully moved into Venus orbit on 7 December 2015

After five years Akatsuki, Japanese space probe, was injected on Venus orbit. Failed injecting into Venus orbit five years ago fortunately not repeated. With utilization of Reaction Control Thrusters (main propulsion failed and ground control was unable to start it), after 19 minute of continuous work, Akatsuki was moved into designated orbit. Technical aspect of placing Akatsuki into correct…
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Garpun satellite launch already on 10th December 2015

Russian Ministry of Defense has scheduled launch of their latest communication satellite, Garpun. It is planned to utilize Proton rocket from Baikonur Cosmodrome. Garpun satellite which will be launched on 10th December 2015 is second from series of three satellites (first was launched on 2011) designated to replace old Potok/Geizer satellites. Potok/Geizer was providing communicational…
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Congratulations, Cygnus !

Orbital ATK Cygnus spacecraft finally on the way to ISS. After three attempts in December, Atlas V rocket finally put Cygnus spacecraft filled with supplies for ISS into space. At the moment Cygnus is on correct course and in about 30 minutes will deploy solar arrays. More about this mission You can find here.
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Virgin Galactic reveals lifting vehicle for LauncherOne

New Virgin launch vehicle designed as air launched two stage rocket called LauncherOne acquired its conveyance - Boeing 747 called Cosmic Girl. It seems that Pegasus rocket will get competitor on the market of air launched rockets. Virgin Galactic announced about choosing designated lifting plane for their new LauncherOne rocket operating similar to Orbital ATK Pegasus.…
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